While it's still in season, I'm interested in giving Mt Hood a go. For a bit of background on my preparation, I've done the walk up Cascades: MSH several times (including in winter conditions), Mt Adams in a day, South Sister, and McLoughlin. Back in my east coast days I also did Katahdin via the knife edge and as many other mountains as one can find in New England. I also took some mountaineering courses last year through REI for a little extra practice.
I'm aware these are all at least a step or two below the technical challenge of Hood, but one has to graduate at some point. I'm a reasonable sort and know my limits, so am not blindly putting this post out there.
Anyhow, I'm free during the weeks (yay for being laid off) and happy to make the drive down from Seattle. If anyone is looking for a partner or willing to let me tag along on a summit bid, please let me know in a reply or via PM.
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